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Ivan Cheparinov
I Cheparinov 
Number of games in database: 1,309
Years covered: 1995 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2686 (2638 rapid, 2665 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2713

Overall record: +396 -154 =424 (62.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 335 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (78) 
    B90 B48 B42 B32 B46
 Slav (62) 
    D12 D15 D11 D17 D10
 King's Indian (45) 
    E92 E97 E71 E62 E60
 Ruy Lopez (43) 
    C95 C84 C78 C67 C65
 Queen's Pawn Game (42) 
    E10 D02 E00 A41 A46
 Queen's Gambit Declined (38) 
    D37 D38 D30 D35 D39
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (176) 
    B51 B90 B50 B92 B94
 King's Indian (61) 
    E97 E92 E99 E81 E63
 Sicilian Najdorf (56) 
    B90 B92 B94 B96 B95
 Grunfeld (53) 
    D85 D76 D80 D78 D97
 Ruy Lopez (43) 
    C65 C67 C78 C93 C95
 English (33) 
    A15 A10 A13 A16 A18
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Ivanov vs I Cheparinov, 2004 0-1
   Wang Yue vs I Cheparinov, 2007 0-1
   I Cheparinov vs Sutovsky, 2013 1-0
   I Cheparinov vs Ivanchuk, 2005 1-0
   I Cheparinov vs L Lang, 1995 1-0
   N Ninov vs I Cheparinov, 2005 0-1
   Pichot vs I Cheparinov, 2018 0-1
   I Cheparinov vs E Alekseev, 2008 1-0
   I Cheparinov vs Z Almasi, 2006 1-0
   Mamedyarov vs I Cheparinov, 2005 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   68th Bulgarian Championship (2004)
   Sigeman & Co (2007)
   XI Anibal Open (2005)
   Bulgarian Championship (2005)
   Gibraltar Masters (2014)
   Politiken Cup (2012)
   Amsterdam Chess Tournament (2005)
   European Championship (2007)
   European Championship (2017)
   Corus Group B (2006)
   Politiken Cup (2013)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)
   European Championship (2014)
   Gibraltar Masters (2018)
   European Championship (2004)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Cheparinov! by Miguel Medina
   Cheparinov! by larrewl
   2005 Corus (group B) by gauer
   Corus Group B 2005 by Tabanus

   🏆 World Cup
   I Cheparinov vs Svidler (Jul-20-21) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Svidler vs I Cheparinov (Jul-20-21) 1-0, rapid
   Svidler vs I Cheparinov (Jul-19-21) 1/2-1/2
   I Cheparinov vs Svidler (Jul-18-21) 1/2-1/2
   R Svane vs I Cheparinov (Jul-17-21) 1/2-1/2, rapid

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(born Nov-26-1986, 34 years old) Bulgaria

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Grandmaster and FIDE Senior Trainer. Ivan Cheparinov was born in Asenovgrad in 1986. He learned to play chess at age five, and progressed quickly enough to win the junior championship of Bulgaria in 2000. He then took the overall Bulgarian championship in 2004, the same year he became a grandmaster. He went on to win the Bulgarian championship in 2005, 2012 and 2018.

Since then, Cheparinov has put together some notable tournament successes, including joint second at Pamplona 2005 and clear first at the 2006 Essent Open. He took part in the World Cup (2005), eliminating Alexei Fedorov and Vassily Ivanchuk before losing his third-round match with Magnus Carlsen in quick-play tie-break. He advanced to the quarterfinals in the 2007 World Cup, winning against Wang Yue and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, among others, before again being knocked out by Carlsen. Nonetheless, his accomplishments raised his rating enough to qualify him as a participant in the inaugural FIDE Grand Prix series. In 2012, he came =1st (2nd on tiebreak) at the Albena Open (2012) held in Bulgaria, with a score of 7/9 and clear 1st in the Varna Open with 6.5/9. In March 2013, he scored 6.5/9 at the Karpos Open, a half point from the lead. In August 2013, he scored 8/10 to place =2nd at the Politiken Cup (2013). In February 2014, he won the Tradewise Gibraltar (2014) in a blitz tiebreaker ahead of co-leaders Vassily Ivanchuk and Nikita Vitiugov.

Cheparinov qualified via his result at the European Individual Championship (2014) (=9th with 7.5/11) for the World Cup (2015), where he was knocked out of the contest upon a first round loss to former World Junior Champion Alexander Ipatov.

Cheparinov, the Bulgarian number 2, is also well-known for his role as a second to former FIDE World Champion and Bulgarian number 1 Veselin Topalov. He is credited with finding several of the opening novelties unleashed by his countryman during the 2000s, for example the move 12. Nxf7 in Topalov vs Kramnik, 2008.

Wikipedia article: Ivan Cheparinov

Last updated: 2021-02-01 18:13:18

 page 1 of 53; games 1-25 of 1,309  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Navara vs I Cheparinov  0-1291995EU-ch U10C71 Ruy Lopez
2. I Cheparinov vs L Lang 1-0121995EU-ch U10D52 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Radjabov vs I Cheparinov 1-0371996Wch U10A04 Reti Opening
4. Radjabov vs I Cheparinov 1-0651998Wch U12A26 English
5. I Cheparinov vs C Werner  0-1482000Corus Reserve GroupA53 Old Indian
6. L'Ami vs I Cheparinov  0-1442000Corus Reserve GroupB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
7. I Cheparinov vs R Bertholee  ½-½252000Corus Reserve GroupE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
8. L Popov vs I Cheparinov  ½-½202000Corus Reserve GroupD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
9. I Cheparinov vs A Keatinge-Clay  1-0432000Corus Reserve GroupD85 Grunfeld
10. I Cheparinov vs Romero Holmes  1-0372000Corus Reserve GroupA10 English
11. R Bellin vs I Cheparinov  ½-½622000Corus Reserve GroupB50 Sicilian
12. Ivkov vs I Cheparinov 0-1532000Corus Reserve GroupA36 English
13. I Cheparinov vs Y Visser  ½-½412000Corus Reserve GroupE92 King's Indian
14. M Navarro Cia vs I Cheparinov  0-1312000EU-ch U20B75 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
15. A Brkic vs I Cheparinov  0-1462001VukovarE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
16. I Cheparinov vs R Milu  ½-½102001VukovarE92 King's Indian
17. D Novakovic vs I Cheparinov  0-1682001VukovarD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
18. I Cheparinov vs B Macanga 1-0342001VukovarA57 Benko Gambit
19. Z Jovanovic vs I Cheparinov  ½-½122001VukovarA07 King's Indian Attack
20. I Cheparinov vs R Szuhanek  ½-½132001VukovarD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. M Lukic vs I Cheparinov  ½-½102001VukovarA48 King's Indian
22. I Cheparinov vs E Goric  ½-½92001VukovarA55 Old Indian, Main line
23. V Dimitrov vs I Cheparinov  ½-½82001VukovarD00 Queen's Pawn Game
24. I Cheparinov vs S Mladenov  1-0412001Bulgarian ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
25. E Janev vs I Cheparinov  ½-½402001Bulgarian ChampionshipB50 Sicilian
 page 1 of 53; games 1-25 of 1,309  PGN Download
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Sep-19-12  theodor: derzai, brato!
Sep-19-12  theodor: <bharatiy: All the Chepa fans shuld have a look at this>>... dear friend, dont you think ther's a reason for Chepa's behaviour? Dont put your post out of context! That's not fair!
Sep-25-12  Rata999: 2709,8 after the Bulgarian team chess championship 6th title this year!Deserved congrats GM Cheparinov!
Aug-01-13  SimonWebbsTiger: Ivan is on fire. He won Politiken Cup 2012 and is on course to win again this year. 6/6. Round 7 underway now.
Oct-06-13  ChessVip: Richard Rapport from Hungary, Julio Granda from Peru,Ivan Cheparinov from Bulgaria,Lázaro Bruzón from Cuba and Iván Salgado from Spain are playing Entre Faros International Chess Tournament
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to 27 year old Bulgarian GM Ivan Cheparinov!
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  ketchuplover: Kudos on ROCKing Gibraltar!
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  Penguincw: I know this is kinda late, but congratulations to Ivan Cheparinov for winning the Tradewise Gibraltar (2014) tournament, where he edged out Vassily Ivanchuk and Nikita Vitiugov on tiebreaks. He did not face either of those players, but it would've been interesting if he did. He also edged out 7 players by half a point, and 16 more by a full point.

Cheparinov scored +6 (+6,-0,=4) in the tournament, which got him 6 rating points, bumping his rating from 2672 to 2678. He now moves within 22 points of the "2700 club", somewhere he hasn't been since May of 2013, when he hit exactly 2700.

Jun-09-14  waustad: With his 9th round win over Vladimir Akopian he's some winner of the Albena Grand Europe cup.
Nov-26-14  Mr. V: Cheparinov reminds me of Efim Geller in his agressive play and his role as a creative opening theorist.
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  MissScarlett: <his role as a creative opening theorist.>

May we have some examples?

Nov-27-14  SimonWebbsTiger: @<MissScarlet>

One novelty comes to mind: his Nxf7 in the anti-Moscow Gambit in this famous game Topalov vs Kramnik, 2008

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  wordfunph: Ivan Cheparinov (2690) - Wesley So (2779)

1-0 in 55 moves.


Aug-15-15  Barococo Prosopoeia: He taught a player 89 elo points higher than his a chess lesson. What a nice drubbing.
Aug-15-15  shintaro go: ahahahahaha talo sa isang 2400 player si Chuparinov ahahahahaha
Sep-28-15  The Kings Domain: Rude. Wonder what his issue was with Short.
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  whiteshark: shows <European Chess Union> as his federation for European Individual Chess Championship (2017)


May-31-17  Strelets: <whiteshark> Bulgaria got suspended from the ECU.
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  whiteshark: Thanks for the info, <Strelets>.

"At the General Assembly held on 10th September in Baku, Azerbaijan, the European Chess Union voted with overwhelming majority to suspend the membership of the Bulgarian Chess Federation. ...

The GA confirmed that <Bulgarian chess players can still enter the official tournaments by individual registrations.> ... "


Jul-22-18  sonia91: Cheparinov is Georgia's new top player!

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  blade2012: Why Georgia?
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  ketchuplover: Does he still avoid the pregame handshake?
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  Penguincw: Congrats to 11th seed Cheparinov for having been the last still perfect player (4/4) at Gibraltar Masters (2020).

In Round 5, he'll face Topalov with black.

He used to second for Topalov, so hey, he might know a trick or two, to win.

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  Penguincw: And no, he ended up drawing Topalov (Topalov vs I Cheparinov, 2020) and finished with 6.5/10.
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  blade2012: Ivan switched federation from Bulgaria to Georgia and back
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